Getting married in Australia

I’m often asked about what the ‘rules’ are around getting married, especially with the recent changes to legislation around marriage equality. I’ve put together the following key points. Your celebrant should be able to discuss these further with you if there are any questions.

To be married in Australia you must:

  1. Not be already married to another person
  2. Understand what marriage means and agree to marry of your own free will
  3. Be at least 18 years or older – unless a court has approved for the wedding to take place between one person 18 years or older and one person between 16-18 years old
  4. Not be marrying your parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent or grandchild
  5. Include the mandatory words in your wedding ceremony
  6. Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month prior to your intended wedding date; this document can be completed up to 18 months in advance
  7. Your celebrant must sight your original birth certificates or valid passport, divorce or death certificates where relevant and photo ID

To get married in Australia you do not have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.  All required documents prior to marriage can be submitted electronically to your celebrant of choice.  If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident and want to live in Australia after your wedding you will need to apply for a Visa.

If you would like to get married in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley, or Port Stephens areas of Australia give me a call or e-mail and I can guide you through the process.

You’ve changed – butterflies in my logo

I came across this picture recently.  Just love it.  It captures the exact reason why I chose to include butterflies in my company logo. 

You’ve changed … we are meant to

Life is a journey.  We are forever moving forward.  None of us can rewind a moment, day, event or time.  As we experience life we gather life experiences.

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Celebrating 15 years!

This year I celebrate 15 years of being a Marriage Celebrant … and yes I’m celebrating!

Over the years I have conducted hundreds of ceremonies – weddings, baby namings, renewal of vows and commitment ceremonies.

It thrills me that each and every ceremony is so different. 

Physically different in location, different with the theme, some very extravagant and others as low key and simple as you can possibly imagine and obviously uniquely different, driven by each person’s personality.  One thing has been consistent in every ceremony I have conducted and that is the love … love for each other … love for the child we are naming and the love felt in the ceremony space. 

Yes, there have been challenges over the years.  The groom and groomsmen forgot the rings … we borrowed the two grandmothers wedding rings and made up appropriate words on the fly … there were tears when those rings were exchanged.

The bride arriving at the ceremony space after looking gorgeous walking down the rosebush aisle, said to me ‘Nadine, I am going to be sick’ and I just gently turned her shoulders into the rosebush near by while she vomited.  Taking a break and regrouping after a glass of water … we conducted the ceremony and I know 10 years later that couple have delightfully survived the test of time.

The grooms who forgot their wedding corsages.  That ceremony was conducted in Centennial Park, Cooks Hill.  Across the road was a beautiful garden with spectacular flowers.  I sent the groomsmen across the road to knock on the door and request 4 flowers.  They came back with not only the flowers but pins to attach the flowers to their jackets. 

The Friday I received a call from another celebrant to say she was off by ambulance to hospital.  Collecting the necessary paperwork from her house on my way to King Edward Park, I arrived with plenty of time to introduce myself to the groom, quickly talk through the ceremony and then meet the bride in her arrival car before walking down the aisle.   That bride and groom were very grateful, their family thrilled with the ceremony I conducted and after a short stay in hospital the original celebrant was discharged to rest at home.

Like a lot of other professions – you could write a book with the experiences gathered over the years.  But really I just bring the learning from every ceremony and share it with the next.  Creating a stress free environment on the day of the wedding, naming or renewal of vows.

It is very important to me to stay current with ceremony trends.  Each year I have attended professional development training and the odd conference.  This year I have joined The Celebrant Society who value community over competition and the sharing of trends, words, and advice is very real with this group.  I also subscribe to UK and USA wedding sites to see what trends might be hitting Australia next season.

Love my job.  Love the smiles on people’s faces as they acknowledge and take the time to celebrate a significant life event.